The Annotated Hobbit
|The Annotated Hobbit|
|Editor||Douglas A. Anderson|
|Publisher||Unwin Hyman (UK)|
Houghton Mifflin (US)
The Annotated Hobbit is an edition of The Hobbit with commentaries by Douglas A. Anderson. It was first published in 1988 by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first American publication of The Hobbit, by Unwin Hyman, London.
This book includes many illustrations by Tolkien and others not appearing in the published The Hobbit, also reprints the original version of the "Gollum" chapter and several early Tolkien poems.
According to the editor, The Annotated Hobbit is a referenced novel where in the margins the "annotator adds commentary". The edition includes also more than 150 black-and-white illustrations from foreign editions and some that were drawn by Tolkien himself. This allows for breadth of understanding of The Hobbit, hence contributing to the overall understanding of Middle-earth.
- Purpose of publication
The main purpose behind the publication of The Annotated Hobbit was to allow readers to understand "how Tolkien worked as a writer, what his influences and interests were, and how these relate to the invented world of Middle-earth." Moreover, this also allowed for the publication of rare poems written by Tolkien (several of which were previously unpublished). This may help the reader improve the understanding of the culture that surrounds The Hobbit and Middle-earth in general.
In 2002, a Revised and Expanded Edition was published. This version included maps and colour paintings. It also provided newer sources and greater understanding of Tolkien's legendarium. Another British edition was published in 2003 by HarperCollins in London.
This edition includes several more rare or previously unpublished poems and writings by J.R.R. Tolkien:
- Had been published elsewhere:
- "Goblin Feet"
- "Enigmata Saxonica Nuper Inventa Duo"
- "Iúmonna Gold Galdre Bewunden"
- "Progress in Bimble Town"
- "The Root of the Boot"
- "The Dragon's Visit"
- "The Quest of Erebor"
Publication history and gallery
- First Edition
- Revised Edition
- The Annotated Hobbit: the Hobbit, or There and Back Again (accessed 21 May 2022)